Riverfest bands are set for 2019

February 20, 2019

Several musical acts for the 2019 Riverfest celebration were announced at the annual volunteer leadership dinner Sunday evening at Turner Hall.

Tom Schultz, festival chairman, said acts at the festival this year will include Atlanta Rhythm Section; Brian Howe, former lead singer for Bad Company; Dancing Queen; Separate Ways, and Big Al and the Hi-Fi’s.

Atlanta Rhythm Section will be the headliner on opening night, Thursday, Aug. 8. This band was one of several key acts that carried the 1970s and ’80s Southern rock genre to the national spotlight along with the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchett, the Allman Brothers and the Outlaws. The band has seven top 40 hits and more tunes on album rock charts. They include “Doraville,” “So In to You,” “Imaginary Lover,” “Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight,” “Do It or Die,” “Alien” and a remake of the legendary tune, “Spooky.”

Friday, Aug. 9′s headliner leading into the Wolverine fireworks show will be Separate Ways/The Journey Experience. The band is making a return engagement to perform a full show from Journey’s more than 20 hits with all the band’s distinctive high lead vocals and soaring harmonies.

Brian Howe, former Bad Company lead singer, will be the headliner Saturday evening, Aug. 10. This English rocker will perform many of the Bad Company hits including “Can’t Get Enough,” “Movin’ On,” “Good Lovin’ Gone Bad,” “Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy,” “Young Blood” and “Feel Like Makin’ Love.” Howe also sang lead vocals on several Ted Nugent hits and may also perform a couple of those as well.

The final day, Sunday, Aug. 11, will feature a 3 p.m. show by Dancing Queen/an Abba tribute. This Chicago- based act features all the hits of Abba as well as those from the music score of the Broadway play, “Mamma Mia,” including the likes of “Waterloo,” “SOS,” “Mamma Mia,” “Fernando,” “Dancing Queen,” “Knowing Me-Knowing You,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “Something Going On,” “Take A Chance On Me” and more.

One of the most popular regional shows will make a rare appearance at Riverfest. Big Al & the Hi-Fi’s will perform a set at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The Oconomowoc-based band will reunite to do one of their only shows in Dodge or Jefferson counties this summer.

Other acts signed to perform over the four-day festival include The Jimmy’s, The Love Monkeys, Pacific Coast Highway, the UneXpected, the Britins and Almighty Vinyl.

Beaver Dam’s Must-Ski’s Waterski Show will make a return appearance at the festival for seven shows Friday through Sunday, and Shawn Krueger will also return with his chainsaw art.

Several other contracts are expected to be signed in the near future.